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The Velocitek Prism

by Diego Sosa, Upffront 3 Aug 01:00 PDT
Velocitek Prism on a Nacra 17 © upffront.com

What is with all the hype surrounding the Prism?

The Prism is more than just a geometrical shape, and it has class sailors going insane to get their hands on this compass. The eager anticipation has only been heightened by the six month delay in availability after an official product launch in January this year. However, by the time you read this article, the prism will finally be available to order online.

Product Overview

The Prism is a stripped-down racing compass. Class legal anywhere an electronic compass is allowed, the Prism provides superior accuracy, and a massive display, all in an ultralight, compact package.

The Prism represents what we strive for at upffront.com: trouble-free, lightweight, performance sailing. Weighing only 137 grams with a large, clear display screen makes it the most efficient tool for dinghy and keelboat racing. Its 250 degree viewing angles (prism shape, where it gets its name from!) ensures visibility from the trapeze or even at a full hike position.

This is a specialist, digital race compass that "does exactly what it says on the tin" and it does it well!

The Technical Stuff

Product Reviews

As cliché as it sounds, don't just take our word for it - Seriously!

"The Prism was really awesome to have onboard. In breezy conditions it can be hard to read a compass you're low on the wire, but it wasn't hard to read the Prism. In some really tough conditions the compass kept up with our changes in angles and always gave us a reading we could rely on."
Stephanie Roble - 49erFX skipper, US Sailing Team Member, 2 x US Women's Match Racing Champion, US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year

"I've been really impressed by this compass for two main reasons: One, the accuracy; when we turn it reflects it right away. Two, it's a really large display that's easy to see from the trapeze and everywhere else on the boat. It has the information where I want it, when I want it."
Helena Scutt - Olympian (49erFX Crew), Nacra 17 Crew, US Sailing Team Member

As supporters of Kohlhoff/Stuhlemmer Sailing (German Nacra 17), upffront.com gave them a Prism to test and these were their thoughts:

  • Bigger numbers than other compasses, which can be seen from really flat angles. This is quite effective for the Nacra, if you are hanging next to the pole as a crew.
  • Battery sign on the bottom corner is useful.
  • The case is tougher than others.
  • Lighter by 10g, and fits perfectly with the Spinnaker Pole Bracket

"We had a really good experience with the Prism our first day and looking forward to using it more in the future!"
Alicia Stuhlemmer

To view technical specifications, manuals and what's included in the box, visit upffront.com

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